The Balanced School Day Prairie Rose School Division October 25 th, 2007 Canad Inn Presenter: Ross M. Metcalfe, Assistant Superintendent
We Asked The Question: “Is the 15 min recess, 50 min lunch, 15 min recess, the most effective way to structure our school day?”
Why Did We Ask The Question? School Planning Research on the Brain and Learning Nutritional Needs of Learners Co-curricular Activities What can we do to enhance our teaching/learning interactions? What can we do to enhance our teaching/learning interactions?
OUR GOAL IMPROVEMENT IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BY INCREASING TIME-ON TASK IN THE CLASSROOM SETTING
The Process August 2004 –Trustees attended a Balanced Day Presentation February 2005 –Principals attended a Provincial Seminar in Winnipeg September 2005 –Education Committee of the ISD met and approved the pilot of the Balanced School Day in two schools January 2006 –School Division Delegation visited two schools in Kenora
The Process February 2006 –Board announced that all five interested schools could participate in the pilot April 2006 –Ministerial approval –Planning sessions with staff and administrators May 2006 –Community Presentations September 2006 –Implementation
Process September 29, 2006 Nutrition Survey Teacher Supervision Initial Parental Feedback Substitute Teachers Teachers at two or more schools Clinicians and Student Services Healthy Living Budget September Staff Surveys November 14, 2006 Nutrition Policy Nutrition Grants Surveys Issues and Concerns The Balanced School Day Committee met five times throughout the year. The following items were discussed:
Process January 22, 2007 Nutrition Surveys Surveys-Final Edit of Parent, Student, Support Staff, and Teacher Council of School Leaders Presentation Update to Board/Application for MAST Award Presentations/School visits outside the division Open Discussion-timetables, substitutes, middle years activities Presentations to other schools in Interlake Division March 12, 2007 Review of Nutrition Survey Review of Stakeholder Surveys Presentation to the Board MAST conference preparation March 15, 2007 Display and attendance at MAST Convention Received Premier Award for School Board Innovation
How Will We Know If It Works? Implement the Balanced School Day for the 2006-2007 school year. Evaluation of Pilot: Comments/surveys by staff, students, and parents. Observations of classroom activities by teachers, administrators.
A Pilot Project Approved by the Minister for a one-year pilot Pilot in five schools for 2006-2007 Assessment of Pilot Project in Spring 2007 Education committee reviews pilot
Research On The Brain And Learning More instruction time, fewer interruptions allow teaching and learning to occur at an optimum level Allows for longer lessons to continue without interruption (literacy blocks, science classes, art classes, etc.). Can structure time to program reading, writing, and oral activities in an integrated way and yet maintain flexibility.
Traditional Schedule Interruptions in the teaching/learning blocks of day Loss of teaching time due to transition time Snowsuits (6-7 mos. of the year)
Balanced Day Schedule Three 100-minute instructional blocks Two nutrition blocks of 20-25 minutes Two activity blocks of 20-30 minutes
DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5DAY 6 8:55-9:20 9:20-9:45 9:45 -10:10 10:10-10:35 A.M Nutrition Break 10:35-10:55 Nutrition time 10:55-11:15 Morning Outdoor Activity Time and Daily Physical Education Initiative for grades 7 and 8 11:15-11:40 11:40-12:05 12:05-12:30 12:30-12:55 P.M. Nutrition Break 12:55-1:20 Nutrition time 1:20-1:50 Outdoor activity and intramural time 1:50-2:15 2:15-2:40 2:40-3:05 3:05-3:30 Town students depart at 3:35 Bus students depart at 3:45 Buses leave Stony Mountain between 3:50 and 3:55 p.m.
Data Collection In February 2007, all schools surveyed students, teachers, support staff, and parents to determine the effectiveness of the Balanced School Day in the areas of: In February 2007, all schools surveyed students, teachers, support staff, and parents to determine the effectiveness of the Balanced School Day in the areas of: Nutrition Effective Use of Time Impact On Learning Continuation of Schedule
Teacher Response Teachers were asked: Is the Balanced School Day an effective organization of learning time? Their response was…
Students Who Eat Well And Are Healthy: Perform better academically Are absent and tardy less often Function better behaviourally and emotionally Have less anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity Are more ready to learn
Most Of The Brain Is Derived Directly From Food.
Good Nutrition = Good Learning Children concentrate better and their ability to learn is improved when they eat food from the four food groups from Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. For children who miss breakfast the foods eaten during the first break provide the key nutrients for an active day. When children eat a nutritious meal on their second break they are not as hungry when they arrive home after school.
Parental Survey I believe my child benefits from having more time to eat during their nutrition breaks. “All and all, a very positive experience” “… he is a slow eater and he doesn’t feel rushed” “Sometimes there is so much for the little ones to take in at lunch time and lunches would not be eaten. I find lunches are coming home empty”
The Benefits Students may go home for the second nutrition break. Promotion of nutritious meals spread out over two breaks. Milk is available twice a day. Students have twice as much time to eat; lunch kits will return home empty. Reduction of litter on the playground/two opportunities to eat inside while supervised.
Co-curricular Activities One gym – restricted use for all students One time slot in a day Conflict in scheduling
Daily Physical Education Initiative For Middle Years 20-25 minutes of organized physical activity for middle years students (grades 6-8) during first activity break